The Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color will host its inaugural male student leadership summit on June 27-28 on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. The Consortium is a statewide network of school districts, community colleges and public universities that was launched last summer in an effort to leverage their collective expertise to advance research on best practices to improve educational outcomes for male students of color. This two-day summit, to be held at the Student Activity Center at UT-Austin, is an invitation-only event designed to build fellowship among Consortium member institutions as well as bring together emerging student leaders from across the state of Texas.
The summit agenda will focus on building leadership, networking, and career skills among young men of color enrolled at Consortium institutions across the state. It will feature two workshop tracks; a professional track focused on best practices and research dissemination on men of color, and a student track featuring workshops on leadership and career development. The summit will also feature two keynote speakers: Mr. Marco Davis from the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and Dr. Luis Ponjuan, associate professor at Texas A&M University. Davis’ appearance comes on the heels of President Obama’s recently launched My Brother’s Keeper Initiative focused on young men and boys of color.
Dr. Victor Sáenz, associate professor of educational administration and executive director of Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success), leads the Consortium and will serve as the official host of the Summit. “The UT Male Student Leadership Summit is the inaugural convening of our Consortium institutional partners and students. We expect this annual event to build a robust social and professional network of male students of color across high schools, community colleges, and four-year institutions in the state of Texas,” Sáenz said.
“Narrowing the gender gap for educational attainment among students of color is not just a statewide priority but also a national imperative,” said Dr. Gregory J. Vincent, vice president of Diversity and Community Engagement at UT Austin. “The opportunity gap for young men of color is the crisis of our time. These young men are more likely to attend underserved and under-resourced schools and share a number of race-based and socioeconomic obstacles to higher education. The Consortium is the first statewide network of its kind to address the issues unique to men of color, particularly African American and Latino males.”
“We are honored that UT-Austin is hosting this inaugural event which has gathered the attention of the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. This summit is certain to build a strong legacy of engaged male student leaders across the state of Texas,” Sáenz added.
Online registration is now open and on-site registration will be available on the day of the event. Registration is free for participants affiliated with a Consortium member institution; the registration fee for participants from non-Consortium institutions is $75 for faculty/staff and $25 for students. If you have any questions, or would like to inquire about receiving an invitation, please contact Dr. Romo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding for the consortium comes from multiyear grants through the Greater Texas Foundation, TG, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. To learn more about the consortium, please visit the website: http://ddce.utexas.edu/projectmales/texas-education-consortium-for-male-students-of-color/.
Project MALES is an initiative of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas of Texas at Austin.